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Just about every 500 years something big happens in Christendom.  The first big shift (at 400 years) was the movement from outsider to official state religion for Christianity. In 1000 the Orthodox and Roman churches divided. In 1517 a Catholic monk, Martin Luther, hung 95 improvements on the door of his church, and the Protestant Reformation began.  It's 500 years later...

Sermon from 10/29/17


Reclaiming Dignity

This Sunday we continue to explore this month's theme of courage.

It takes courage to make amends for what we've done wrong in this world. Last month our Jewish friends and neighbors celebrated Yom Kippur a day to seek and offer forgiveness for transgressions over the past year. This is hard and deep work.  Join Rev. Joe Cherry in a reflection on reclaiming dignity.

This Sunday we have four guest speakers from Edwins Restaurant to talk about their work there.  EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for long-term success. Their mission is to teach a skilled trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for the hospitality industry, and prepare students for a successful transition home.  For more information on Edwins, go to www.edwinsrestaurant.org

Sermon from 10/22/17


Moving the Center

In our second service this year focusing on de-centering whiteness in our world, join Rev. Joe Cherry as we explore Dr. Robin Diangelo's essay "11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism," and other contemporary thoughts about how we can help to build a world that truly embodies our First Principle. 

Sermon from 10/15/17


This Sunday our elected Board of Trustees will lead our service and explore the future options of our congregation.  Come and be a part of the conversation.

Sermon from 10/8/17


Claiming a Voice

What can Francis Scott Key, Rod Serling and Cassandra of Greek Legend have in common? These three figures will feature prominently in Sunday's sermon about the power of speaking against the status quo. If you want to know how you should, join Rev. Joe Cherry for this service.

Sermon from 10/1/17


The Shoes of Others

Social Justice work is complicated by the expectations and fears of all involved, and yet it's work that we are called to do. Journey with us down the path of imperfectly navigating the work of Social Justice as Rev. Joe Cherry asks the question "What's it like to walk in your shoes?".

Sermon from 9/24/17

 4 Circles




In meeting new people, and being in relationship with others, mistakes are made. Social faux pas, cultural misunderstandings and unintended slights sometimes get in the way of good people trying to live good, honest lives. Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he looks through the lens of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at human relationships with both the stranger and the friend.

 Sermon from 9/17/17


Join us for our Annual Water Communion, the ritual by which we traditionally open the church year. We bring water from where we've been to be combined with the water of long term members and visitors alike, as we use water to symbolize the spiritual journey that we are all on as individuals.

Sermon from 9/10/17


Hope & Struggle

The struggle against injustice is hard and weary-making work. One of the benefits of being in community is that you don't have to struggle or re-charge on your own, there are others to help. Others with stories to hear, dry tears, and share laughter. Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he looks at ways to improve our lives while we work to improve the world.

Sermon from 9/3/17



Both Sides Now

Art accompanies us our whole life long. From nursery rhymes, which are both poetry and song. Striking visual images in the form of photographs or paintings..we experience art every day, all day, in our lives.  Sometimes though one piece...a song, a painting, a dance...sticks with us our whole lives, and as we grow and mature we may find deeper meanings in these special pieces Join Rev. Joe Cherry to explore art and spirituality.

Reflection of an Artist by our very talented pianist, Karin Tooley.

Please take a few moments before you listen to the podcast to watch these two videos.

Both Sides Now 1969

Both Sides Now 2000

Sermon from 8/27/17


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